Watching a lot of David Attenborough has given Hugo quite a big interest in nature and animals. For a while he has wanted to see glow worms so we decided to drive down to the Glow Worm Tunnel just out of Lithgow this weekend. The glow worm tunnel is an old disused railway tunnel and can be accessed by walking along the disused railway corridor, a very pretty and easy walk.
It took about 2.5-3 hours to drive there (including 35+kms of bone jarring, tooth shattering dirt track). It wasn’t particularly well signposted, but if you follow Glow Worm Tunnel Road through the state forest into the National Park, and basically keep going until you can’t go any further, you’re in the right place. There is a car park area about 5km before the vehicle barrier, or you can drive right down to the vehicle barrier (though the road does get narrower and twistier beyond the car park, and you’ll pass through a short rock tunnel before you arrive at the vehicle barrier).
There is enough room for parking several cars at the vehicle barrier (and there’s a toilet as well), and the walk to the tunnel from the barrier is less that 2km, and a fairly easy grade. Hugo (who *hates* walking) was able to do the walk himself (and even Sophie managed it almost all the way back by herself, jumping in all the puddles left by the recent rain “I’m Peppa Pig!!”. Confirmation that yes, I do still need to bring a spare set of clothes for her everywhere we go). A few places the kids needed help stepping over logs and puddles, but generally was an easy walk.
You need a torch in the tunnel to see where you’re walking (there is a water course in the tunnel, but it is possible to avoid walking in it), but once you’ve reached about the middle – when you can’t see light coming in from either end – turn off the torch and wait a few minutes to adjust to the darkness, and you are rewarded with a multitude of beautiful constellation-like glowing blue spots all over the ceiling and walls of the tunnel. Sophie was disappointed there were no ‘girl’ – pink – glow worms but the rest of us were impressed. Pack a picnic lunch (and plenty of drinking water) for a fun and interesting day trip. If you’re really keen or up early enough, you can probably even fit in a visit to the Zig Zag Railway as well.